CDex is a simple program that extract music CDs audio tracks and convert it to MP3 format.
Audio CDs are a multimedia support with a tendency to disappear. This is due to the popularity and convenience of digital music. Even so, many music fans like to preserve original CDs and have them organized in a musical library. Even so, either for convenience or as a precaution, it is recommended to have a copy of our CDs in MP3 format. To carry out this task there are programs known as audio extractors and converters.
CDex extracts in a simple and fast way CDs audio tracks. Its use is very simple, so we just have to insert audio CD in CD Drive and click “Extract CD tracks to Compressed Audio Files” button . This will start extraction process, and save files to .mp3 in a predefined folder.It is convenient to setup properly the program, so we can have our music library well organized. The first thing we need to do is configure the directory where we are going to save extracted songs. Then we must set up the pattern file name ot the extracted songs. These settings can be accessed from “Options->Settings->General->Directories & Files”.
Another essential step is to introduce our email in the following option: “Options->Settings->CD Database->Remote freedb”. In this way we will be able to download automatically from freedb, the track names. When the configuration is correct, we will be able to click on “CDDB->Read Remote freedb”, and the names of the songs will be downloaded from the Internet. This is very important, because when we extract audio files to hard disk, these will be named according to the title of the song.If there is no information about CD's Tracks in freedb, we can try to download the information from MusicBrainz
For those who want to preserve the maximum CD sound quality, they can extract the audio tracks without MP3 compression. These files will be saved in WAV format.We can also select the quality of MP3 file extracted, since we can set minimum and maximum bitrate.The program also includes a converter between MP3 and WAV file, which can convert from WAV to MP3, and vice versa.If we want to, we can also extract only the fragment of a song.
To extract audio tracks, we can use the top bar menu, o the sidebar buttons.
CDex is one of the first audio extractors that became popular at the beginning of the XXI century. Its first version was released in the year 2001, and remained its development until the year 2009. During those years, the program won in functionality and stability. So much so, that today the program is fully functional even in the most modern operating Systems (Windows 8 and Windows 8.1).
Is open-source software and is free of charge.